How to Become a Massage Therapist in Ohio - OH

Massage therapists work on the soft tissues of the body to help restore normal range-of-motion, rehabilitate the body and relieve aches and pains. As a well-trained and competent massage therapist   you will help many individuals feel better and live more fulfilling lives as a result of your work. If you are interested in becoming a massage therapist as a resident of Ohio it is crucially important that you gain a formal education through either an online massage school or an Ohio massage therapy certification program.

Following is a step-by-step guide to becoming a licensed massage therapy professional in the state of Ohio.

  1. The state medical board of Ohio requires your coursework to be a minimum of 750 clock hours and 9 months or more in length. The coursework must be completed through an approved Ohio massage therapy certification program.
  2. After completing an Ohio massage therapy certification program you will be eligible to sit for the national certification. While the state of Ohio does not necessarily ask for this it does prove competency of your abilities as a massage therapy professional and is very important. Passing this examination will allow you to append your name with the initials NCBTMB.
  3. Whether you have completed the national certification exam or not, in order to practice in Ohio you will have to sit for a state examination. The fee for this examination is $250 and must be submitted along with 2 passport-type photographs and an application to the medical board. The test in the state is administered two times each year roughly six months apart. You are expected to pass both the science and limited branch of medicine portions of the exam with a minimum of 75% or you are not to be granted a license.
  4. Finally, after passing the examination you will receive a license to practice in the state. It is important to note that Ohio does not grant a temporary license and it is a criminal offense to practice as a massage therapist unless you are licensed in the state. You must hang your license in a prominent location as well as carry your license wallet card on your person.


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            Beckfield College , Cincinnati

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            • Each campus features a public massage clinic, where students are required at least 75 one-hour massages for experience.
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            Heritage College , Cleveland
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